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Firefighters quell blaze at Del. private school

Tuesday - 4/17/2012, 5:17pm  ET

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 100 firefighters have put out a major fire that partly collapsed the roof of a half-century old building on the campus of a Delaware private school founded in 1748.

Authorities say all students are safe and accounted for after the fire broke out Tuesday at the prestigious Wilmington Friends Upper School. But officials say two firefighters were hurt while battling heavy flames that forced them to evacuate when part of the roof collapsed. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles.

The upper school building that caught fire was built in 1961 and authorities reported a preliminary damage estimate of about $1 milion.

All upper and middle school after-school activities were canceled. A lower school campus unaffected by the fire continued on a normal schedule.


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